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Funding boost for the Digital Sentinel

Prospect Community Housing is delighted to have received £16,402 from the Postcode Community Trust to support the Digital Sentinel Hubs. Thanks to players of the Postcode Lottery, more people will be able to get involved in the Digital Sentinel and help build a strong community in Wester Hailes, South West Edinburgh.

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The Digital Sentinel is a news site that connects people to their community and encourages local residents to share their news and stories. Through the Digital Sentinel Hubs, people can create content in a variety of formats and see their stories online. The hubs are held in community IT suites and bring people together in a friendly supportive environment. From hyperlocal news to recipes, photos and reviews, the focus is on what is of interest to people living in Wester Hailes. The funding will be used to build on these weekly drop-in sessions to develop a network of volunteer citizen journalists and increase local participation. The funding will also help with print runs and taster sessions to develop local awareness and support regular volunteers to share their digital skills with others. 


As a community based housing association, Prospect Community Housing is proud to be firmly rooted within Wester Hailes and said it is committed to playing an active role in improving the quality of life for local residents as well as contributing to sustainable networks. It is pleased to be working with a key local partner WHALE Arts Agency to deliver this project. 

Prospect’s Director Brendan Fowler said:

“I am really pleased that this grant from the Postcode Community Trust will enable people to get involved with their community and create stronger local links.”

When you sign up to play People’s Postcode Lottery, your postcode is your ticket. A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities across Great Britain and internationally. It costs £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance.

Pictured: the Digital Sentinel Hubs.

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